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Japanese government provides humanitarian aid for internally displaced people in Ukraine

KYIV, 17 July 2014 – His Excellency Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida today officialy handed over the humanitarian aid for internally displaced people in Ukraine during a ceremony which took place in the Ukrainian Red Cross Office. Japanese authorities have granted US$140,000 to UNICEF Ukraine with a view to provide hygiene kits for internally displaced people. Red Cross received CHF120,000 (approximately US$134,000) accordingly to provide temporary shelters in the form of tents for families from Donetsk and Luhansk oblast.

According to UNHCR official statistics, the total number of internally displaced persons in Ukraine is nearly 87,500 people, one third of them are children.

“These most basic hygiene supplies are vital for the children and their families who have had to flee their homes due to the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine. We have already distributed around 1,000 hygiene kits to the children and their families, and with the support from the People of Japan we will be able to distribute 3,000 more,” – said Rudi Luchmann, UNICEF Ukraine Deputy Representative.

Ivan Usichenko, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society President added: “Among those internally displaced persons who fall under the care of Red Cross in the past two months are children, women, single-parent families and weakened elderly people. These people need special attention to protect their dignity, life and health. The Aid from the Government of Japan is extremely important and timely, as it will help alleviate the suffering of those who are forced to flee their homes”.

The humanitarian aid from the People of Japan will be delivered to Kharkivska, Donetska and Luhanska oblast where the majority of internally displaced people are currently located.

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